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Can you name the words as defined by Ambrose Bierce?
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In 1911, Ambrose Bierce wrote his humorous, dark, and surprisingly prescient work "The Devil's Dictionary." Can you name the words from his definitions below?
n. A short story padded.
n. A dead sinner revised and edited.
n. A soft, indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle.
n. The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
adj. Conforming to a local and mutable standard of right. Having the quality of general expediency.
n. spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay. We live in daily apprehension of its loss; yet when lost it is not missed.
n. A benighted creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel.
n. The science and history of the animal kingdom, including its king, the House Fly (Musca maledicta).
n. The instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
v.i. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on.
n. The conservatism of to-morrow injected into the affairs of to-day.
n. A tyrant's authority for crime and fool's excuse for failure.
n. A costume sometimes worn by Scotchmen in America and Americans in Scotland.
n. The pig's reply to proponents of porcophagy.
n. A machine which makes a Frenchman shrug his shoulders with good reason.
v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
n. One whom we are commanded to love as ourselves, and who does all he knows how to make us disobedient.
n. The humorist of the medical profession.
n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.
adj. In bad company.
n. One to whom the interests of a part seem superior to those of the whole.
n. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
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